Wu-Tang Clan's $2 Million LP 'Once Upon a Time in Shaolin' is Currently for Sale on eBay
Back in 2015, pharma bro Martin Shkreli bought Wu-Tang Clan’s one-of-one $2 million album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.
Two years later, and Shkreli is getting ready to get rid of the album.
Shkreli put the album on eBay on Tuesday. The starting bid was $1; within hours, the bidding surpassed the $70,000 price.
In the description, Shkreli wrote a long passage explaining what he’s doing. Here is what he wrote :
“This is the one and only Wu-Tang album. I decided to purchase this album as a gift to the Wu-Tang Clan for their tremendous musical output. Instead I received scorn from at least one of their (least-intelligent) members, and the world at large failed to see my purpose of putting a serious value behind music.
I will be curious to see if the world values music nearly as much as I have. I have donated to many rock bands and rappers over the years to ensure they can continue to produce their art when few others would. At any time I may cancel this sale and I may even break this album in frustration. I will donate half of the sale proceeds to medical research. I am not selling to raise cash–my companies and I have record amounts of cash on hand.
I hope someone with a bigger heart for music can be found for this one-of-a-kind piece and makes it available for the world to hear. Martin Shkreli Upon sale, I will represent & warranty any copies of the music I have will be destroyed. I have not carefully listened to the album, which is a double CD. There is also a finely crafted booklet which you can read about elsewhere. I will pay legal expenses for the buyer up to $25,000 to ensure the final purchase details are mutually agreeable.”
Even though he claims not to be selling to “raise cash,” it should be noted that last month Shkreli was found guilty of security fraud. And he might need some cash to cover lawyer fees.
Or this might just be another elaborate troll? Who knows. Here is the listing.
H/T: The Daily Beast